This is a famous quote from Bhaj Govindam a short poem created by Shankaracharya Maharaj
- One may go to gangasagar(ganes), observe fasts, and give away riches in charity ! Yet, devoid of jnana, nothing can give mukthi even at the end of a hundred births. Stanza attributed to Sureshwaracharya.
It is said that Shankaracharya Maharaj was walking in Kashi and saw an old man. He sang this verse imploring him to turn within. And in the first stanza calls him Moodha. Moodha mate…meaning fool
This translation of Scholars. However a Yogi would translate Moodha mate differently
Every soul reflects a different aspect of Chitta.
What is the chitta? It is the thing that is to be controlled in Yoga. Think of it as the color or mood that the soul assumes. Yoga is chitta vritti nirodha. Control of chitta wave forms or color or mood
Chitta the reflection of the soul has subtle aspects. They are 5 types
- Moodha – that status is referred to here. It refers to Tamas. The soul when in this mood, just wants to be in deep slumber, not interested in working…or doing anything. This is the inert status, almost like a stone…and there is a certain joy for people. Think of the time you had deep sleep and just loved it. Many people, even the yogis think this was samadhi..since nothing was seen and there was joy. However this is not true. In Samadhi you are in super consciousness and aware of everything
- Kshipta – The mood here is of Rajas. A form of restlessness. You are constantly on the move looking for something to enjoy…Pleasure…Could be food, sex, driving, nature, travel, listening to music etc
- Vikshipta – The mood here is Sattwa. Somewhat restrained mood. You want to do good deeds for others etc
- Ekagra – This is the focused mood which is Samadhi. you are very focused on God ( in the form of light or sound)
- Nirodha – The highest. Vibrationless. All other above stages are gone. If you can go here for a few seconds in a day, daily, that is enough to help you all day. (According to Vishnu tirthji Maharaj)
Back to the main topic
IF you want to escape, the only way to escape is to know your true self. That is the stage of Nirodha. When the chitta which reflects the soul, stops reflecting, you suddenly know yourself as the divine. Thats all there is to it. You are now liberated.